Money is the name of the game in politics and even before she has has the chance to get her feet wet as a United States senator, Claire McCaskill is showing she knows how the game is played.
According to Capital Eye, the newsletter of the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. McCaskill has already formed a leadership committee:
Traditionally, members of Congress seeking leadership positions or committee chairmanships would set up leadership political action committees to garner goodwill from other lawmakers. While this may still play a role in the decision to form a PAC, politicians say they establish the committees to help build their party. Analysts say the leadership PACs provide a chance for lawmakers to accept contributions beyond the limits established for campaign committees—and the sooner, the better.
A spokesman for Ms. McCaskill says she is doing it to help others who face tough election battles:
McCaskill spokeswoman Adrianne Marsh said the new senator established a fundraising committee to help future candidates run against incumbents, a situation she faced in November’s race against fundraising powerhouse James Talent. "She wants to make sure she’s in a position to help others in the same circumstance," Marsh said. "She really does believe the system is discouraging. She supports public financing, but until there are sweeping changes in campaign finance, you’re stuck playing by the rules."